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Cleveland Guardians vs. Washington Nationals

June 1, 2024


The Washington Nationals will travel to Cleveland, Ohio, to face the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field for Game 2 of a three-game weekend series. The first pitch of Game 2 is scheduled for 4:10 PM ET on Saturday afternoon and will air on Bally Sports Great Lakes and MASN.

Washington Nationals Team Preview

The Washington Nationals entered the series against the Cleveland Guardians having won five of their previous seven games and were on a two-game winning streak while not allowing more than two runs in their previous three matchups. They started the game against the Guardians by only allowing two runs in the first six innings of Game 1. However, they allowed four runs in the 7th and another run in the 8th while only scoring one run in a 1-7 loss on Friday. 

The loss dropped Washington's record to four games below.500 at 26-30, putting them in third place in the NL East behind the Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves. Even though Patrick Corbin has not pitched well this season, he had a solid start against the Cleveland Guardians, picking up a quality start after pitching six innings and allowing two runs while striking out five batters; however, he recorded his sixth loss of the season. 

Washington has won six of the last ten meetings against Cleveland, outscoring the Guardians by an average of 5.3 to 4.2 runs per game in those contests. The Washington Nationals will look to even the series at 1-1 when they travel to face the Cleveland Guardians for Game 2 of the series.

Cleveland Guardians Team Preview

The Cleveland Guardians have one of the best baseball records this season, as they are 19 games above.500 following the 7-1 win at home against the Washington Nationals in Game 1 of the series on Friday night with a record of 38-19, which puts them in 1st place in the AL Central and gives them the 3rd best record in baseball, only behind the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies.

The Guardians have also been one of the hottest teams in baseball, as they have compiled a record of 11-2 over their previous 13 games and have won by an average margin of 2.46 runs per game in those matchups. Tanner Bibee had another solid start on the mound for the Guardians, improving his record to 4-1 this season after pitching 6 ? innings while allowing one run and striking out seven batters against the Nationals.

The Cleveland Guardians will look to secure a series win when they host the Washington Nationals for Game 2 of the series on Saturday afternoon.

Odds and Series Trends

On Saturday, the Cleveland Guardians are listed as -150 moneyline favorites at home against the Washington Nationals in Game 2 of the series, according to BetNow. Washington has won six of the previous ten matchups and has won by an average margin of 1.1 runs per game in those meetings, while the Guardians have won two of the previous three games in the series by an average margin of 1.33 runs per game.

Game Pick

Over the second half of May, Cleveland has been one of the hottest teams in baseball, compiling a record of 14-3 since May 12th. The Guardians have also won two of the previous three games in the series, winning by an average margin of 1.33 runs per game in those meetings. As a result, I am taking the moneyline for the Cleveland Guardians when they host the Washington Nationals for Game 2 of the series on Saturday.

Spooky Express Pick: Cleveland Guardians Moneyline (-150)